Avtonomi Akadimia in Akadimia Platonos + LAB12 ASFA
The ruinous has a strange double presence. Contemporary and modern European culture has underlined certain selected ideas of ruins as ‘classical heritage’, while condemning other, post-crisis social and urban ruins as late capitalist ‘failures’. Against this backdrop, this iνtervention will examine the particular context of Greece, and Athens, with regard to how these processes of capitalist and post-colonial ruination are interpreted in contemporary art, performance, and theatre. It asks how and in what ways heritage is constituted in contemporary Greco-German relations, looking specifically at urban space and architecture. I will ponder the ways in which recent large scale exhibition formats engaged with but perhaps failed to pervert a classicist (German) discourse of the valuation of ancient Greek heritage, while undervaluing a post-crisis ruination discourse.
Jonas Tinius is an anthropologist of art and post-doctoral research fellow on the Making Differences Project at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), based at the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. After studies of social and cultural anthropology at the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Cambridge (UK), he completed his doctoral thesis on theatre and migration. His postdoctoral research explores how Berlin-based curators, contemporary artists, and art institutions engage with notions of alterity, otherness, and diversity through their curatorial practices.